In Defense of Our Neighbors: The Walt and Milly Woodward Story
By Mary Woodward
In Defense of Our Neighbors: The Walt and Milly Woodward Story recounts the stirring events surrounding a small island couple's fight to help a community grapple with the internment of its Japanese American citizens, a group that made up nearly ten percent of Bainbridge Island's
population--and the first group in the country to be forcibly exiled in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Written by the late couple's daughter, Mary Woodward, this book offers a unique perspective on a troubling chapter of American history. Woodward provides the most complete insight to date on a community that approached this crisis like no other in the country--and the brave, principled couple that today remains a symbol of heroism to the Japanese American community and defenders of civil liberties.
With never-before-published artifacts and photos from local historical societies and the families of the interned citizens themselves; poignant reflections from internment survivors and Bainbridge locals; and an engaging, informative narrative, In Defense of Our Neighbors is an enlivening, original perspective on the enduringly popular subjects of World War II and the treatment of Japanese Americans.
Richly illustrated, with a foreward by David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars.
Hardcover: 152 pp